Originally CORI laws were designed to help employers make responsible, informed decisions when hiring, and thus to protect citizens from harm and abuse. But these laws have actually turned out to be an impediment to that very protection.
I would like to commend Federal Correction Institution Otisville in Otisville, N.Y. for the tremendous work they are doing educating their population on ways to advance the economic progress of our society.
If you've heard politicians discuss the danger of releasing Gitmo prisoners on the belief that they'll return to attack us once again, you'd assume that recidivism among the released would be near 100%.
In Newark we realized that we could not address crime's many costs to society with improved policing alone. The most effective way to do this was to help ex-offenders so that they could reenter society with hope and pathways to productivity.
Einstein's definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. By that measure, our current approach to criminal justice may need a shrink -- and a new way of doing business.